Entertainment’s Greatest Hits 2013

Thursday, March 27 2014
Entertainment’s Greatest Hits 2013

The Entertainment Retailers Association Yearbook has already been covered in great depth, both by The Raygun and many other publications, online and print, consumer and trade alike.

And the genuine interest in its pages and pages of information and data has also been noted. From the casual bystander to the seasoned industry observer, there’s plenty to be had from it.

This chart printed below is, for many, The Raygun included, a highlight. It lists the bestselling titles across music, videos and games, so you can see how the different areas stack up against each other.

Music is never too bothered about comparisons with its entertainment bedfellows; the video industry too caught up in its own internecine rivalries (theatrical versus video, rental against retail, or in old-fashioned terminology, rental versus sell through, big box and little box), to compare apples and oranges, although the games industry, or at least its trade press, to this day likes to compare itself with music, video, theatrical and other areas. Each big new release is put into context of other entertainment titles (bigger than the last Harry Potter film was at cinemas, sold more copies than Twilight), maybe to add legitimacy to its work, maybe to shake off the perception that it’s, you know, run by nerds).

Having said that, talking with our video hats on, it’s never nothing if not a fascinating read when ERA compiles it for its Yearbook, pulling together data from The Official Charts Company and other chart compilers. The prognosis for video looks very good, even if its biggest title, Skyfall, didn’t make the top slot, by a good 600,000 plus units. Two of the top three, as well as three of the top five, were games, sure, but the other two from the top five – the aforementioned Skyfall and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey were at two and four respectively. Outside of the top five, the next three are all video releases, with the top 10 rounded off by two Mow That’s What I Call Music releases. Numbers 11 through to 20 are video-heavy – eight (count ‘em) DVD and Blu-ray releases and just two games. Numbers 21 through 40 have eight video titles (Wreck-It Ralph, Fast & Furious 6, The Croods, The Hunger Games, Madagascar 3 – Europe’s Most Wanted, A Good Day To Die Hard, The Wolverine and Pitch Perfect, in order) 10 music releases and two games.

So here’s the top 20…

1 Grand Theft Auto V (Take 2) 3,670,234
2 Skyfall (MGM/Fox) 2,959,969
3 FIFA 14 (Electronic Arts) 2,656,763
4 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Warner) 2,065,152
5 Call Of Duty Ghosts (Activision Blizzard) 1,991,994
6 Les Miserables (Universal) 1,497,737
7 Despicable Me 2 (Universal) 1,449,311
8 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (eOne) 1,190,139
9 Now That’s What I Call Music 86 (Sony Music/Universal Music) 1,159,595
10 Now That’s What I Call Music 85 (Sony Music/Universal Music) 968,238
11 Monsters University (Disney) 968,129
12 Star Trek Into Darkness (Paramount) 909,331
13 Django Unchained (SPHE) 885,311
14 Life Of Pi (Fox) 858,834
15 Battlefield 4 (Electronic Arts) 838,869
16 Man Of Steel (Warner) 828,027
17 Despicable Me (Universal) 821,070
18 Iron Man 3 (Disney) 816,992
19 Taken 2 (Fox) 804,396
20 Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (Ubisoft) 776,888
Source: Official Charts Company/ERA

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